It turns out that the Mavic Air 2 can capture aerial 360 photos of up to 688 megapixels! Here’s how.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Mavic Air 2 being able to capture 200 megapixel aerial 360 photos by turning on the option to capture the individual photos rather than having them stitched by the MA2.
Now, Michael, a reader, showed me an insanely detailed aerial 360 photo from the Mavic Air 2, with 688 mp. Here is the 360 photo.
HOW TO GET 688MP WITH THE MAVIC AIR 2
To get this resolution, Michael simply shot a manual 360 panorama. In other words, he took photos with the Mavic Air 2 in 48mp mode, manually rotating the Mavic. It sounds difficult but actually it is not THAT hard. Here’s how: You take a photo, rotate it until you see around 1/3 or 1/4 overlap (use the grid overlay as a guide), take another photo, etc. When you reach a full circle, tilt down, repeat. Tilt down again and repeat until you have captured all the photos. You’ll then need to stitch the photos together using a 3rd party stitcher such as PTGui.
With incredibly detailed photos like this and very good dynamic range, it looks like Mavic Air 2 is one of the best drones for aerial 360 photos and could be a very useful addition to virtual tour services. I hope that in the future, Litchi will support 360 photos with the Mavic Air 2 with 48mp so that this high resolution capture process can be automated.
WHERE TO BUY
The Mavic Air 2 is available for $799 from B&H Photo, Amazon or direct from DJI, or $988 for the Fly More Combo with three batteries and other accessories (B&H Photo, Amazon, direct from DJI). The batteries are around $115 each, so the Fly More Combo seems to be a good deal. Thank you for using these links to support 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you so I can do more tests and reviews.